SDG or elimination, the future trend of evolution
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were born 2012 and adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs target to redirect global public and private investment flows towards the challenges they represent.
With the New Economic Policy (NEP) introduced in 1970 to eliminate poverty and restructure societal imbalance, Malaysia started its journey on SDGs in the 1970s. The introduction of SDGs in 2015 completed Malaysia’s plan in promoting a better living and working environment as stated in SDGs vision. Malaysia has allocated RM20 million in Budget 2021 to SDGs trust fund in promoting SDGs program. In addition, Putrajaya has allocated RM2 billion under the Green Technology Financing Scheme which is focusing on promoting renewable energy, one of the top priorities in SDGs. Malaysia has seen huge improvement in all aspects including poverty, hunger rate, infrastructure, educational level, and responsible consumption and production and the effort is continuing.
On another hand, we may also see efforts from the private sector such as Telekom Malaysia, SYABAS, Sunway Group, YTL Group, UTAR and UTM whom incorporated SDGs as part of their expansion plan, aligned and committed to contribute to create a better, peaceful and equal future. With collaborative effort of both the public and private sector, we are educated with higher awareness on environmental preservation, public responsibilities, fairness and equality, and human rights. Besides, companies or individuals that are against or violating the SDGs policy, be it causing pollution to the clean water or promoting racism, are facing criticism and penalty from the public and law makers.
As the economy continues to expand in every country, we should not pursue economic growth at the expense of the environment as the consequence is too pricey for every earth resident. As technologist brought us to 4th Industrial Revolution with introduction of automation and artificial intelligence (AI). The 5th Industrial Revolution is speculated to come sooner with more focus on SDG goals in heading us toward better environment.